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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Old tank tops
  • Small pieces of stretch- or knit-jersey fabric
  • Small pieces of felt
  • Lace
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

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VERSION ONE: LACY ACCENTS

Measure a piece of lace that’s slightly longer than the length of your tank top. We lined the lace up with the side seam for a fun, asymmetrical look.

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Pin the lace along the side seam, being sure to fold under the excess lace at the bottom hem and armhole to create a finished edge.

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Using a zigzag stitch, sew the lace onto your tank top.

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Remove pins—you’re finished!

UP NEXT: FELT APPLIQUÉS >

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VERSION TWO: FELT APPLIQUÉS

Be as creative as you like! Using colored felt that contrasts with your tank top, trace and cut (or freehand) any shape of your choosing. We chose three chevrons, but you’re free to try hearts, circles, or triangles.

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Position and pin the felt cut-outs on your shirt. Tip: Try placing them vertically, horizontally, or around the neckline.

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Sew the felt appliqués carefully around the edges. You’re done!

UP NEXT: FLUTTERY STRIPS>

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VERSION THREE: FLUTTERY STRIPS

Choose a scrap of stretch- or jersey knit- fabric in a contrasting color.

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Cut five to seven 1-by-10-inch strips of fabric. Line up your fabric strips and arrange them in a staggered chevron shape as shown. Trim the tops of the fabric strips in a straight line.

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Pin the strips to the front of your tank top, folding the top hem of each strip over at the neckline. Create a little space in between each strip. Sew along the neckline, attaching all the strips to the tank top. Then, sew along the left side only from the top to the bottom of each strip, leaving the right side free to “flutter.”

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That’s it—go outside and enjoy showing off your made-over shirts!